Who we are

The USC-MHS is grateful for the contributions of many talented people in order to increase the mental health support found in sport environments. If you would like to join our team and continue advancing our non-profit efforts, please contact us today!
Research Fellows

Alex Auerbach, PhD

Toronto Raptors

Dr. Alex Auerbach is the Director of Wellness and Development for the Toronto Raptors. He previously served as the Director of Clinical and Sport Psychology for the University of Arizona.

Richard Christiana, PhD

Appalachian State University

Dr. Richard Christiana is the co-director of the Healthy Outdoor Play and Exercise (HOPE) Lab. His research focus is nature-based physical activity and lifelong maintenance of physical activity.
Dr. Gregory Cranmer

Gregory Cranmer, PhD

Clemson University

Dr. Gregory A. Cranmer's mental health-related research focuses on easing the stressors and uncertainties associated with transitioning into new teams/levels of athletics, meeting athletes' psychological needs through personalized communication, and promoting safety initiatives to address head injuries in sport.

Travis Dorsch, PhD

Utah State University

Dr. Travis Dorsch is the founding director of the Families in Sport Lab and his research lies at the intersection of sport, development, and social systems.
Scott Graupensberger

Scott Graupensperger, PhD

University of Washington School of Medicine

Dr. Graupensperger's research focuses on peer influences in social groups, such as sport teams, and how these group dynamics shape individuals’ behaviors in both constructive and pernicious ways.
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Tarkington Newman, PhD

University of New Hampshire

Dr. Newman is committed to serving youth populations (ages 10-24) who are socially vulnerable and/or at-risk for mental and behavioral health problems through his Social Work, Social Justice, & Sport Research Lab

Jerrica Oliver Peets, PhD

Dr. Peets is a mental health researcher and consultant utilizing holistic transdisciplinary approaches to increasing mental health awareness through mental health literacy for historically marginalized populations.

Jimmy Sanderson, PhD

Texas Tech University

Dr. Jimmy Sanderson’s research centers on social media and its influence on various sport stakeholders such as athletes, fans, and sport organizations.

Sarah Stokowksi, PhD

Clemson University

Dr. Sarah Stokowski studies college athlete development specializing in the personal development literacies and has authored or coauthored more than 55 refereed publications.
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Martie Thompson, PhD

Appalachian State University & Emory University School of Medicine

Dr. Martie Thompson is the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Distinguished/Endowed Professor in Public Health at Appalachian State University and an Adjunct Professor in Emory University School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Her research focuses on risk factors and consequences of violence, as well as risk factors for suicidal behavior.

"I say put mental health first." 

EVERYONE has mental health. We should never be ashamed to START THE CONVERSATION. Let's end the STIGMA in sport environments. At the U.S. Center for Mental Health & Sport, we are continually looking for more ways to support individuals' mental health regardless of where they currently fall on the mental health continuum. MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS!

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